Let’s meet Demona Driver of the BRRG HazMat Crew!
What do your fellow skaters call you?: Double D or Demona
Q:What prompted you to get into derby?
I love contact sports and skating, so it was a win-win situation.
Q:Tell us about your experience before joining up.
I started skating when I was about 5 years old; it’s always been a favorite past time activity. So, when I found derby it was great.
Q:Is there anything about derby that stands out in your mind as having changed since you first became part of BRRG?
The athleticism of it. I think some people see derby as cute girls in skirts skating and hitting each other, but it’s so much more than that. It takes a lot of work and skill to be an effective player.
Q:What about being on a team is different than you previously thought?
Just the way everyone comes together for a common goal, working hard to make sure we all learn each other’s ways and abilities, and find a way to help and encourage each other.
Q: What was it like, getting to skate in your first bout against Bleeding Heartland?
It was amazing, the gals of Bleeding Heartland had some great strategy work, and I learned that I can put out more energy than I thought when my adrenaline is pumping hard!
Q: What did you learn in that bout that you’ll put to good use in the next HazMat bout?
How important forming good strong walls is. Also, how important solid communication (on and off the track) is for success.
Q:What has been your most humbling moment in derby so far?
Just hanging on and trying harder. When I first started I felt very slow and confused, and I knew I had to put in a lot of work on and off the track to rise above.
Q:What travel team would you LOVE to face off against?
I would like to play against the Detroit derby girls!
Q: What is your favorite drill?
Windy City hitting drill. Not only is it hard hitting, but it’s great endurance work as well!
Q:Tell us about your off-skates workout regimen.
Well I go to Soza Fitness and Wellness at least three to four times for various boot-camp classes, and I also go to the Y for running, weight lifting and swimming at least three days a week.
Q:What has been your biggest challenge in derby so far?
Overcoming my physical limitations.
Q: Any words of advice for someone considering trying-out for BRRG?
Off skates training is essential for success. I don’t think enough people realize how important strength training is towards your derby goals!
Q:Tell our fans one fun fact about you:
I love to karaoke and don’t get to do it enough!
Q:Do you have a pre-bout routine or any bout day superstitions?
I love to do yoga or some form of meditation before a bout.
Congratulations Demona on becoming the newest addition to the Hard Knockers! Be sure to check her out when The Knockers take on The Hellbombers April 30 at the Wolstein.